Software company and former smartphone manufacturer, BlackBerry partners with technology firm ONEBIO in order to develop a blockchain-backed “ultra-secure” ecosystem. Focussed on the healthcare field, the system is designed for the storage and sharing of medical data.
According to a press release published Oct. 4, the data can be supplied by patients, laboratories, and the Internet of Things (IoT) biometric devices. Once the data is received it will further be anonymized and shared with researchers. John Chen, the BlackBerry CEO stated:
“We are applying our expertise in security, data privacy, and communication work in regulated industries such as automotive, financial services, and government to tackle one of the biggest challenges in the healthcare industry: leveraging healthcare endpoints to improve patient outcomes while ensuring security and data privacy.”
BlackBerry will offer an array of products including a real-time operating system for the development of robotic surgical instruments, patient monitoring systems, and other safety-critical products that must pass regulatory approval.
Once, BlackBerry was the global leader of the smartphone market and controlled 50% share, but by 2016, the share nosedived to less than 0.1 percent. Still deep in the smartphone business, the firm’s latest offering will launch on Oct.10. The most recent jump onto the blockchain wagon indicates that Blackberry is planning to diversify into other fields as well.
Just Today, BlackBerry also announced a new quantum-resistant code signing service that will “allow software to be digitally signed using a scheme that will be hard to break with a quantum computer.”